Muntazer al-Zaidi, the Iraqi journalist known throughout the world as the man who threw his shoes at Dubya during a press conference, was released on Tuesday after serving nine months in prison for his act of protest, claiming that he was subjected to electric shocks and waterboarding while in custody. In today's Guardian, he writes about why he did it:
I am not a hero. But I have a point of view. I have a stance. It humiliated me to see my country humiliated; and to see my Baghdad burned, my people killed. Thousands of tragic pictures remained in my head, pushing me towards the path of confrontation. The scandal of Abu Ghraib. The massacre of Falluja, Najaf, Haditha, Sadr City, Basra, Diyala, Mosul, Tal Afar, and every inch of our wounded land. I travelled through my burning land and saw with my own eyes the pain of the victims, and heard with my own ears the screams of the orphans and the bereaved. And a feeling of shame haunted me like an ugly name because I was powerless.